Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Sex and the Irish. The Tudors are trending. It keeps happening here. Lampooning political women. How the vampire got his fangs. Progressive love story: Ruth and Marty. Who decides who gets a hysterectomy? How Aztecs reacted to colonial epidemics. What Trump is missing about… Read more →

Bodies in the Way: Delhi’s Dead and the Pressures of Space

In 1930, Delhi’s residents were sorely in need of a new hospital. The city’s population had ballooned by more than 30% over the previous decade, but its infrastructure had failed to keep pace.1 The overburdened Civil Hospital warned that it was struggling to provide care to twice as many patients as it was designed to… Read more →

Tracing the Red in “Redbone”: Colorism and Misogyny in Black History

“My peanut butter chocolate cake with Kool-Aid” – this line from the 2016 song “Redbone” by Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) describes the appearance of a light-skinned Black woman with a bright red undertone to her skin and hair: a “redbone.” The figure of the untrustworthy “redbone” woman is a common theme in contemporary rap… Read more →

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Walls of Moms: Maternal Bodies and Public Space in Portland and Argentina

On July 18, 2020 a group of mothers gathered on the streets of Portland. These women, the majority of whom were white, stood together as a living barrier between BLM protestors and armed federal agents. Wearing yellow and holding sunflowers, the women represented a particular vision of white, middle-class, US motherhood. Some of these women… Read more →

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Mind the Gap: Motivational Pressure and a Gendered Pandemic

In the midst of the pandemic, articles by journalists, public figures, and scholars on how to capitalize on time spent at home have been rapidly increasing, particularly those with suggestions on improving productivity. These articles employ motivational pressure to push readers to invest in “who they want to become” post-coronavirus. Suggestions range from quarantine recipes… Read more →

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Cite My Name, Cite My Name

A couple years back, I was co-teaching a graduate course on gender history at the University of Edinburgh. I was advising an MA student on historiographical literature, and I asked her if she used Google Scholar to locate scholarly references. She didn’t, so I demonstrated how to use the search tool. As an example, I… Read more →

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Elvis in the box. “Are you popular?” Skating on stolen land. Jingle Dress Dancers and pandemics. Cannabis in the 1950s British tabloids. The hidden Black history of Lovecraft Country. Gerald Ford rushed out a vaccine. It was a fiasco. One sperm donor. 36 children…. Read more →